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The Drunkest City in North Carolina

By Christian Action League Staff
Christian Action League
December 1, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – USA Today came out with a story last week noting the damage of excessive drinking across the country. But it was a North Carolina connection in their report that should be of interest to citizens of the Tar Heel state.

The news agency cited a number of critical statistics demonstrating the appalling destruction of alcohol abuse nationwide. They reported that alcohol abuse “claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year and is responsible for about 1 in every 10 deaths among working age adults.”

Also mentioned were the conclusions of a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that concluded “excessive alcohol consumption cost the U.S. economy an estimated $250 billion dollars in 2010.” USA Today added that “18% of American adults drink excessively, and “[a]cross U.S. metro areas, excessive drinking rates range from fewer than 1 in every 10 adults to more than 1 in every 4 adults.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Lord’s Supper Mocked by a Fayetteville Bar

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
December 1, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE – The apostle Paul rebuked the Church at Corinth for failing to properly observe the Lord’s Supper when they turned what should have been a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice into an occasion for self-indulgence — eating before everyone had arrived and some even becoming drunk. It’s not hard to imagine what the apostle’s reaction would be to a section in a Fayetteville bar that’s named The Church and features a mural of the Last Supper including a bottle of liquor and a central figure blessing a bag of potato chips.

“The mural is especially egregious,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. “The Lord’s Supper illustrates the great truths of the Christian faith: the truth of Christ’s atoning blood shed for the sins of the world, the truth of his broken body, the tremendous suffering he endured to set our souls and bodies at liberty to serve God. To demean this ordinance or sacrament of the church by associating Christ’s sacrifice with the debaucheries of strong drink and with a bag of potato chips demonstrates clearly the deleterious effect of alcohol on morality.” Read the rest of this entry »

God and Country Christian Alliance Inspired to Issue Resolution in Support of Judge Roy Moore

New Bern based group passes resolution in support of Moore after reading article by Rev. Creech
By Karen Raines
Christian Action League
November 30, 2017

NEW BERN – Sometimes it only takes one voice, one of conviction and with plenty of truth behind it, to make a sizable difference.  One like Rev. Mark Creech’s, lending his support to embattled U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore of Alabama in an article published by The Christian Post on November 20. 

It was that voice, though solitary, that inspired the God And Country Christian Alliance to issue a resolution and press release announcing its position to back Moore in the face of what Creech describes as a politically motivated character assassination, suspiciously timed to sway votes in an impending election.

Moore has steadfastly denied allegations by multiple women who allege that forty years ago, Moore, when in his thirties, sexually harassed or assaulted them when they were in their teens. Moore refuses to withdraw his candidacy despite numerous calls for him to step down.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Ten Commandments: A Challenge to Churches on Giving Tuesday

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
November 28, 2017

There is a place in Murphy, North Carolina, which showcases a gigantic display of the Ten Commandments on Burger Mountain. The lettering that spells out each of God’s rules for right living is five feet in height and at least four feet wide. You can actually see this marker from five thousand feet in the air. It’s an awesome sight.

Such monuments are just as important, I think, as the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, or Mount Rushmore. Why? Because the Ten Commandments at Fields of the Wood in Murphy, N.C. reminds us of the source of our freedom.

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments in his hands, written by the finger of God, he was giving to the nation of Israel God’s ten principles for sustaining liberty. The Lord had delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. For hundreds of years, the government had been in complete control of their “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Now, God was saying that if they would follow these commandments, they could stay free. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Poised to Take-up Tax Reform Next Week, Proposal Could Provide the Alcohol Industry with Ridiculously Low Taxes

Contact Senators Burr and Tillis to Oppose Tax Cuts on Alcohol
By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
November 21, 2017

With tax reform on the table in Congress, Americans sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner may be wondering if proposed laws would leave them more or less to give thanks over next year. Whatever the case with overall reform, alcohol industry watchdogs suggest that citizens not wait until the holiday is over to urge their senators to oppose the so-called “Craft Beer Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017.”

Alcohol Justice calls the act a $321-million federal gift to big alcohol.

“This dishonest federal measure is being portrayed as an incentive for small craft brewers,” Bruce Lee Livingston, executive director of Alcohol Justice, said via a press release. “But the real winners are the largest beer and spirits producers in a race to cut their already ridiculously low tax rates.”

If the Senate, poised to take up tax reform early next week, passes the bill with its current language, the government would lose $177 million in excise taxes to the distilled spirits industry, $126 million to brewers and $18 million to winemakers, the group reports. Read the rest of this entry »

American Family Association Releases Their Naughty or Nice Retailer List for 2017

By Buddy Smith
American Family Association
November 21, 2017

Which stores recognize Christmas in their advertising…and who’s the Scrooge?

As the 2017 Christmas shopping season begins full swing, AFA has prepared its annual Naughty or Nice retailer list. We have taken the top national retailers and reviewed their websites, media advertising, and in-store signage in an effort to help you know which companies are Christmas-friendly.

There are secular forces in our country that hate Christmas because the word itself is a reminder of Jesus Christ. They want to eradicate anything that reminds Americans of Christianity. That is why it is important to remind governments and companies to keep the word Christmas alive. AFA wants to keep Christ in Christmas and Christmas in America.

AFA reviewed several areas to determine if a company is “Christmas-friendly” such as print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store which helped determine a retailer’s rating. If a company’s ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach “Christmas” shoppers.

Check out the list here

Charlotte Sued for Using Sign Ordinance to Halt Pro-Life Activities

By Brenden Clary
Liberty Headlines
November 21, 2017

A Christian ministry filed a lawsuit Friday against Charlotte, North Carolina over the right of pro-life groups to communicate messages to via signage outside abortion clinics.

The pro-life ministry, Cities4Life, and its executive director Daniel Parks are suing in conjunction with the Thomas More Law Center over Charlotte’s discrimination against the group’s use of pro-life messages on their signs.

Specifically, the city has cited the group over an ordinance that prohibits the installations of permanent or semi-permanent signs in the public right-of-way.

Cities4Life contends its volunteers do not use such types of signs; that they are “generally held by volunteers;” and that they are taken away each time they discontinue their activities.

The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Read the rest of this entry

Churches Must Start Taking Alcohol More Seriously, Brews with Higher ABV Content and Sunday ABC Store Sales Likely if They Don’t

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
November 17, 2017

ABC stores open on Sunday? The sale of high-octane beer that’s more than 15 percent alcohol by volume (ABV)? Surely not in North Carolina.

“Not yet,” says the Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “But if our churches don’t start taking alcohol policy more seriously, these misguided ideas could become law, especially as the alcohol industry continues to push the envelope.”

Way back in 2005, when then-governor Mike Easley signed the “Pop the Cap” bill, more than doubling the state’s ABV limit, Creech warned that the action would not satisfy proponents of the change for long. And he was right.

Now that the limit has been upped from 6 to 15 percent, breweries are grumbling that they want products outside the 15 percent limit. The question from the industry and its supporters, is why not throw open the door to beers with an ABV as high as 28 percent?

In fact, a recent Indy Week article not only lamented that North Carolina prohibits beers in the 15-to-20-percent range, but praised European breweries for creating beers with what it admitted were “ridiculously high ABV ratings,” some topping 40 percent.

The “more, more, more” mentality doesn’t surprise Creech. Read the rest of this entry »

Kentucky Governor Files Amicus Brief in N.C. Rowan County Prayer Case

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 17, 2017

FRANKFORT, KY. – Back in September of this year, Rowan County Commissioners voted unanimously to appeal their prayer case, Lund v. Rowan County, to the United States Supreme Court. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Rowan County policy for public prayer was unconstitutional because the method of elected officials praying in Jesus’ name failed to be non-discriminatory.

Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced that his administration was joining with 20 other states in filing an amicus brief in support of North Carolina’s writ of certiorari asking the High Court to review the Tar Heel prayer case.

Bevin’s administration says that they are petitioning the court, along with West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin, to uphold well-established precedents protecting the freedom of prayer at public meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

Officials Blame Arson for Vale Church Fire, Hate Speech Found Near Where Blaze Started

By Allan Blume
Biblical Recorder
November 16, 2017

Pic: Courtesy of Church’s Facebook Page

Emergency workers responded to a two-alarm fire at Providence Baptist Church in Vale, N.C. around 2 a.m. Monday. According to local news sources, at least eight fire departments from three counties responded to the call.
 
When fire crews arrived at the church just southwest of Hickory, they found flames and smoke coming from the building. Investigators believe the fire started in the basement boiler room. Smoke damage extended to the worship facilities, located above the basement.
 No injuries were reported, but investigators called the incident suspicious. Vandalism behind the church included apparent hate speech against the church near the area where the fire is believed to have started. Read the rest of this entry

To view pictures of the Hate Speech go to these links:

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